Backup Scheduler for Time Machine

Developer: Voros Innovation

Current Version: 1.5.1

Last Updated: 5 months ago

Download Size: 2 MB - Download


Backup Scheduler for Time Machine lets you control when Time Machine backs up your data

Supports: macOS 10.8+ including Sierra

App features:
• backup time interval options range from 10 minutes to 1 week
• option to backup when the computer is idle
• backup when time interval is reached And/Or the computer is idle
• app helper is available free from our website to make backups start automatically
• start app automatically
• dock/menubar icons can be hidden
• app only schedules backups, everything else is done by the system

IMPORTANT: Time Machine backup in System Preferences should be OFF to prevent the system ALSO doing its default hourly backups. Otherwise it continues to do its backups in every hour!

A free Helper (available from our website) is recommended for optimal user experience to enable advanced functionalities:
• Starts scheduled backup on 10.9+ automatically (instead of displaying a reminder)
• Displays Time Machine backup status & statistics

The app does not need Helper for its basic functionalities:
• To show Scheduled backup reminder
• To enter Time Machine

Simple settings:
• Time based schedule: Backup starts in specified intervals (10 minutes - 1 week) or at the earliest possible time

• Idle based schedule: If computer is idle for a specified length of time the backup will start

• Combined schedule: Time based & Idle based schedules can be made to work together (AND) or independently (OR)

• Backup Time period schedule: The time range when backups are allowed. For example from 5pm to 10pm. Note: The computer must support "Power Nap" to start a backup in Sleep mode

#1: "Start backup in every: 6 hours AND when idle for at least 5 minutes"
App tries to start a backup every 6 hours but only when the computer is idle for at least 5 minutes
Backups won’t be more frequent than 6 hours.

#2: "Start backup in every: 6 hours OR when idle for at least 5 minutes"
App tries to start a backup every 6 hours OR when the computer is idle for at least 5 minutes
Backups could be more frequent than 6 hours.

#3: "Start backup in every: never and/or when idle for at least 10 minutes"
App only tries to start a backup when computer is idle for at least 10 minutes.

#4: "Start backup in every: 1 day and/or when idle for at least never"
App tries to start a backup every 24 hours whether or not computer is idle.

#5: "Start backup in every: 1 day and/or when idle for at least 3 minutes" AND “Backup between 5pm and 10pm”
App tries to start a backup every 24 hours between 5pm and 10pm if computer is idle for at least 3 minutes.

Note: In Sleep mode computer can only start backups if “Power Nap” is supported otherwise conditions can only be checked when computer is running.
More info:


1. Do I need to disable Time Machine backup?
This is recommended but not necessary. If it is Turned On the system will continue to start a backup according to its 1 hourly schedule as well as starting a backup based on your own preferences.

2. Where can I set up a new Time Machine disk?
All settings are still handled in System Preferences / Time Machine. This app only instructs the system when to start a backup.

3. How does Time Machine Scheduler work?
It simply tells the Time Machine app to start a backup based on the app schedule that you set in the preferences. This is done automatically if Helper is installed, otherwise it displays a reminder.

4. Where can I see the backup progress?
If Helper script is installed the app automatically shows the backup progress, last successful backup date, time and drive info. If the script is not installed this information can be found in the Time Machine app.

5. How to open preferences if both Dock and menubar icons are disabled?
Relaunch the app from the Applications folder or LaunchPad. It will open the preferences window.

6. Is Sierra supported?
YES, our free Helper script (available from our website) is recommended for optimal user experience.


Release Notes:

+ Fully compatible with Sierra macOS 10.12
+ Please Note: After macOS update, please start a manual backup first (may take a few hours) before relying on scheduled backups doing power naps


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.5.1
Review by Jfromnewtulsa

No more Time Machine hourly backups and cpu taxing! - BackUp Scheduler is just what every MAC owner needs. It allows us to continue our necessary backups on OUR timetable and not the Time Machine’s schedule. No more issue while watching an iTunes movie with stuttering and such when the hourly Time Machine back up kicks in. We also get to use the unique APPLE software of Time Machine to back up our MAC and important files on our back up disks. I’ve used this app for over a year and it stays updated with the latest OS X with no issues.

Found helpful by 11 out of 12 people
Version 1.5.1
Review by Duggadugdug

WARNING: Doesn’t actually start backups; wants you to install non-App Store script - Ridiculous. This app doesn’t do anything more than pop up a reminder to manually start a Time Machine backup (pointless and something I can do without giving $5 to the developer), unless you install a script from a 3rd-party site, which is a big red flag: If a developer doesn’t want to incorporate something that essential into the actual App Store product, which is subject to Apple quality control and virus/malware screening, then something fishy is afoot. I’m not about to take that chance and — based on some of the bad reviews by those who did — it sounds like the offsite script may not even work properly. Extremely misleading and suspicious. After purchasing, installing, and trying this bogus product, I am now extremely skeptical of the validity of all of the 5-star reviews posted. Now I just need to figure out how to pursue a refund, and report this scheme to Apple...

Found helpful by 21 out of 28 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.5.1
Review by Rhozeearchitect

Great for daily backups - I’m a backup fanatic. I have been using a Time Machine backup scheduler for several years. Having a Time Machine backup has saved my life at least twice, when I had hardware issues. I set it to back up between 2 and 6 am, over wi-fi to my Airport Extreme Time Capsule. That way my backups don’t hog the wi-fi network when everyone is using it. It’s a home network, but amazingly there are over 2 dozen devices using it. Backup Scheduler is new for me (my old app didn’t work with Yosemite), and seems to do the job.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.5.1
Review by MissAdrazel

Great when it works... - I’ve been using this app for almost a year. I have no changed my settings in that time - back up ever 12 hours or when idle for 10 minutes. While the idle part never really seemed to work properly, the every 12 hours was pretty clockwork. In recent months, however, (perhaps with the latest version) it will often go 2-3 days between backups, unless I manually tell it to do so, and even then it won’t always start. Even a restart of the app doesn’t always prompt it to work properly. I purchased this app so I wouldn’t have hourly backups flooding my drive, but also wouldn’t have to think about making sure it was actively backing up either.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.5.1
Review by x-train

crap app - Fairly kludgy app that is not straight forward and with poor support. To make the functionality work, it requires installing some sort of helper script, which doesn’t install properly. Emails to support don’t receive a response. Also somewhat odd that you’re required to have Time Machine set to Off and have the app manage the process. In instances where you want to override the schedule and just have the Time Machine run, it’s unclear how to execute this. So many on/off buttons, it’s confusing. Apalling overall that Apple doesn’t have this functionality natively in Time Machine, and unfortuantely this is a crude and poor crutch to fill the gap.

Found helpful by 6 out of 10 people
Version 1.5.1
Review by Bigfootdwr

Works Great! - This app works great! I have three My Passport external drives and I have this app set on every 6 hours. The first drive backs up when I turn on the computer, the second 6 hours after that and the third 6 hours after the second, so each drive backs up once a day. Since my computer is on 12+ hours a day, that is great backup coverage over the whole day. Get it!!!!

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.5.1
Review by Medawes

Backup Scheduler - A Godsend to Me - I’m a solo consultant and venture investor with a large number of simulataneoud projects and so use a CRM to keep me organized. This often competes with my disk drive tfor attention when Time Machine back ups occur and everything boggs way down - a siutuation I can’t afford. Backup Scheduler completely resolved that problem. Now, I haven’t had a need to restore from memory, so,I’m trusting that works, but through the dashboard I have every incication that it will. Its a simple solution that gas made my life easier. One suggestion - their response time to emails is a little slow,so be patient with questions.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people